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Research Associate 1, Lab Operations - United States  

Biomarin (company)


Posted on : 02 June 2017

Project Description

  • Our company  is the world leader in delivering therapeutics that provide meaningful advances to patients who live with serious and life-threatening rare genetic diseases. We target diseases that lack effective therapies and affect relatively small numbers of patients, many of whom are children. 
  • These conditions are often inherited, difficult to diagnose, progressively debilitating and have few, if any, treatment options. 
  • Our company  will continue to focus on advancing therapies that are the first or best of their kind.          
  • Our company’s Development Sciences group is responsible for everything from research and discovery to post-market clinical development. 
  • Development Sciences involves all bench and clinical research and the associated groups that support those endeavors. 
  • Our teams work on developing first-in-class and best-in-class therapeutics that provide meaningful advances to patients who live with rare diseases. 
  • Come join our team and make a meaningful impact on patients’ lives.      

  • The Research Associate 1, Lab Operations (RA1) function is to support activities in the Research and Drug Discovery laboratories encompassing the areas of lab purchasing/receiving/stocking, general laboratory facility maintenance, waste management, Autoclave and washroom management and reagent preparation.   
  • The RA 1 will interact with Facilities, Materials Management, EH&S, Document Control, IT and other departments necessary to maintain compliance and good business practices.

  • Responsible for establishing min/max levels for reagents and supplies for all RDD labs, ensuring adequate daily supply.
  •  Performs routine instrument/equipment maintenance and calibration checks to ensure the proper function and compliant use.
  •  Coordinating with materials management to receive and delivery packages to the lab users.
  •  Coordinates with vendor service technicians on preventative maintenance and/or repair of analytical instrumentation and laboratory equipment.
  •  Performs routine laboratory facilities checks to ensure proper maintenance and compliant use of the laboratory areas.
  •  Coordinates with company  Environmental Health and Safety for laboratory OSHA compliance.
  •  Responsible for collecting, cleaning and stocking lab glassware and plastics.
  •  Assists the Lab Operations Manager in equipment implementations and upgrades into the laboratory and may lead some minor, low priority projects.
  •  Participates in internal and external inspections and audits, including preparation and execution of corrective actions for any observations noted.
  •  Responsible for maintaining water levels in water baths and incubators.
  •  Trains other laboratory personnel on the use and maintenance of equipment.
  •  Coordinates and performs reagent preparation of wash buffers and other necessary routine reagents used in research assays.
  • Responsible for maintaining liquid nitrogen supply and ensuring tanks are at adequate levels.
  •  Coordinates biohazard and chemical waste removal from labs.
  •  Ensures some reagents (SDS-Gel supplies antibodies etc) are stocked adequately.
  •  May be required to help with lower priority exploratory projects including running westerns, characterizing antibodies or general microscopy.

Contributes to efficient and effective laboratory operations, the Research Associate 1, Lab Operations, has a significant impact on the company’s ability to reach its goals in a timely manner, with respect to (but not limited to) directly supporting staff and their experiments through maintenance of equipment and stocking of critical supplies essential in the development of a new drug. High impact on company progress and future capital investment.

  • Minimum: At least 1 year of experience in a laboratory, research laboratory, or biotechnology company. 
  • Preferred: 2 years experience with implementation, evaluation, and troubleshooting of analytical equipment in a biological or biochemical field.
  • Preferred: Background knowledge with laboratory automation technologies. 
  • Preferred: Excellent writing and verbal communications skills.

Work Evironment/ Physical Demands
  • The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. 
  • Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. While performing the duties of this job, the employee is occasionally exposed to work near moving mechanical parts; fumes or airborne particles; toxic or caustic chemicals; risk of electrical shock and vibration.
  •  The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate. 
  • The employee may frequently be required to sit and talk or hear. 
  • The employee is occasionally required to stand; walk; use hands to finger, handle, or feel; reach with hands and arms; climb or balance; stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl and taste or smell. 
  • The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 50 pounds.
  • Specific vision abilities by this job include close vision, depth perception and ability to adjust focus.

Minimum Education: Bachelor’s degree with 1 year experience or Associate’s degree with 2 years experience in the use, calibration, and maintenance of equipment and instrumentation relating to bio-analytical methods in a biological or biochemical field. Or 5 years work experience in a Scientific Laboratory. 

  • Multi-well plate readers, such as the M2e and MSD and associated software 
  •  Analytical balance 
  •  Plate Washers 
  •  Micropipettes 
  •  pH meters 
  •  Milli-Q water purification system 
  •  Autoclave 
  •  Washer/Dryers 
  •  Windows network environment, MS Office

Equal opportunity     
We are an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.